KUCHING: There will be no open house or visiting friends this Hari Raya for Herriey Naha and his wife Nuraziera Sarkawi.
The couple will have a quiet Raya with their family at home here in compliance with the conditional movement control order (MCO).
“This Raya will be different as my family and I will not be visiting our neighbours or celebrating in the homes of relatives due to Covid-19.
“Usually, my family will hold an open house on the second and third day of Raya but this time we are only allowed to celebrate on the first day, ” Herriey said.
The 32-year-old tour guide added that they would celebrate with close family members only on the first day.
“We have sent messages to other relatives and friends that we will not be receiving guests this Raya as the Covid-19 outbreak is not over yet, ” he added.
The Sarawak disaster management committee is limiting Hari Raya and Gawai celebrations to not more than 20 close family members on the first day, with no open house or house-to-house visits allowed.
For civil servant Hashim Mahrin and his wife Siti Aminah Jusoh, this will be their first Hari Raya in Kuching due to the ban on inter-district and interstate travel.
“We normally celebrate in turns in my hometown Sarikei and in Kelantan, where Siti Aminah is from.
“This time, we cannot go back because of the conditional MCO.
“This will be the new normal for us this Raya, ” Hashim, 44, said.
He said they had made some preparations such as buying cookies and Raya clothes and tidying up the house.
“What I will miss most are the ketupat palas and tapai daun getah in Kelantan, as well as visiting close relatives there.
“But we will have beef rendang, ketupat, lemang and Sarawak kek lapis here, ” he added.